Protecting Your Computer From Viruses

Let’s face it, computer viruses are a menace. They cause untold damage to your files, Protecting yourself from computer virusesbusiness and even your reputation. So how can you protect yourself from them?

There are a number of steps you can take, but here are our top tips.

1. Education

Learning about viruses and keeping up to date with the latest threats, protections and industry news will help you stay safe from the nasty little suckers.

If you understand what you’re dealing with, the easier it will be to not only identify when you’ve been hit by one, but it may also prevent that from happening in the first place.

2. Anti virus

Prevention is always better than cure, so arm yourself with effective anti virus software. If you don’t, your PC will become a target for viruses as soon as you start to surf the net.

3. Updates

Keeping both your Windows operating system and virus software up to date is essential, so make sure you regularly download the updates.

Virus creators are always refining them and coming  up with new ways to bypass security systems, so if your software isn’t up to date, it could offer the opportunity a new virus strain needs to slip in unnoticed.

4. Downloads

Whenever you download something from the web, make sure it comes from a trusted source.

5. Be vigilant about emails

How many spam emails do you get in a day? And how many of those have attachments?

Many are easy to spot, but there could be one or two that aren’t. Never be tempted to open an attachment from an email if you don’t know the sender, or if it doesn’t quite ring true. If in doubt, get in touch with them – it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Over to you

Do you have any other tips you’d like to add?

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Beware of the Trojan

“A Trojan horse, or Trojan, is a type of malware that masquerades as a legitimate file or helpful program with the ultimate purpose of granting a hacker unauthorized access to a computer. Trojans do not attempt to inject themselves into other files like a computer virus. Trojan horses can make copies of themselves, steal information, or harm their host computer systems.” (Wikipedia)

Trojans represent the biggest threat to home and business computer users. Not only because of how many there are in circulation, but because of their sophistication and the threat they pose.

With the ability to steal information and passwords, the Trojan allows the hacker to take complete control of your system. Which is why it always pays to be vigilant when it comes to opening emails and attachments or downloading files from unknown sources.

In this post, we want to draw your attention to one particular type of Trojan…

Ransomware – The Police Virus

This particular type of nasty ‘kidnaps’ or holds your computer files or system captive and then demands a ransom for a fix.

If your computer is infected, you will get messages displayed on your screen with logos of international law enforcement agencies. The effect is to trick the user into believing that their computer has been locked by the authorities for visiting inappropriate websites or making illegal downloads.

You will then be told that to unlock your computer you have to pay a fine, usually £100 (euros or dollars).

These messages actually come from the Trojan itself, which is hidden within your computer.

What should you do if your get this or indeed any Trojan or virus on your computer?

Go to someone that knows what they’re doing. Find your local IT specialist and invest in some quality virus protection software.

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